A nation built on conflicting values
Ezekiel 22:30 “and I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none” Ezekiel 22:30
Robert Moton was born in 1867, two years after the civil war. His family worked for the family that previously owned them as slaves. The matriarch of the Lockett family oversaw the tutoring of Robert Moton. Robert went onto become President of Tuskegee Institute after the death of Booker T. Washington. In 1922 Moton delivered the dedication speech for the Lincoln Memorial. In that speech Moton painted a picture we must look at, lest we maintain a false and idealistic view of our national origin.
“But the same time, another influence was working within our nation. While the Mayflower was riding at anchor preparing for her Plymouth voyage, another ship had already arrived at Jamestown. The first was to bear the pioneers of freedom. Freedom of thought and freedom of conscience; the latter had already borned the pioneers of bondage degrading alike to body, mind and spirit. Here then, upon American soil, met the two great forces that were to shape the destiny of the nation. They developed side by side. Freedom was the great compelling force that dominated all, and like a great and shining light, beckoned the oppressed of every nation to the hospitality of these shores. But slavery like a brittle thread was woven year by year into the fabric of the nation’s life.”
Moton was right to highlight that God in his providence, was not content to leave things alone. Moton understood that it was God behind the conflict that brought resolution to the contradiction of freedom and it was God who brought forth Countercultural deliverers. “In the process of time, as was inevitable, these great forces, the forces of liberty and the forces of bondage, from the ships at Plymouth and Jamestown, met in open conflict upon the field of battle. And how strange it is, through the same overruling Providence, that children of those who bought and sold their fellows into bondage should be among those who cast aside ties of language, of race, of religions, and even of kinship, in order that a people not of their own race, or primarily of their own creed or color, but sharing a common humanity, should have the same measure of liberty and freedom which they themselves enjoyed.”
That Lockett house is where in 1865, the last battle of the civil war took place. A descendent – Matt Lockett and Will Ford (family of a slave owned by the Locketts) shared in “The Dream King” – the image of the Lockett house in between warring armies as a powerful picture of the prayer and intercession needed now – “God wants a house that stands in between brothers trying to rip each other apart.”
Daily Battle orders: The Lockett house still bears bullet holes and scars from that last battle. We too are going to take shots if we put ourselves into these controversial places. Shots will leave scars, but are they worth it to you? As Kingdom Men, we are called to stand in the breach, as members of the church. Jeremiah decreed “if you return, then I will restore you- Before Me you will stand; and if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will be come My spokesman” Jeremiah 15:19
You can pretend to ignore the scab of racism we’ve been picking off in these recent TJC battle orders; but as Kingdom Men we believe that today we must stand united as a body of men, as a church, as house of prayer to heal our divided nation, again. We believe that God is using Kingdom Men to call all believers, and all races to unite in prayer, because only a united church can heal a divided nation. Which boat are you on? Plymouth or Jamestown?
“The Dream King, How the dream of Martin Luther King Jr is being fulfilled to heal racism in America”, Will Ford and Matt Lockett, Newtype Publishing, 2018